Volvo has enlisted the use of self-driving vehicle technology to automate the transport of truckloads of limestone from an open pit mine to a nearby port. The six autonomous trucks are managed by the operator of a wheel loader. They will call a truck over and then proceed to fill it. Then the truck will autonomously navigate the open mine pit, a tunnel, sharp turns, and lastly the crusher site. There the truck will automatically back up to the crusher machine and empty its load. Volvo takes full responsibility for the operation of the truck fleet as the customer buys a total transport service and also pays per tonne delivered. "It is exciting to reach this point where we introduce autonomous solutions, says Sasko Cuklev, Director Autonomous Solutions at Volvo Trucks. By working in a confined area on a predetermined route, we can find out how to get the best out of the solution and tailor it according to specific customer needs. This is all about collaborating to develop new solutions, providing greater flexibility and efficiency as well as increased productivity."